Male pattern baldness may cause a growing number of men in their 40’s and 50’s to notice that their hair has begun to thin. The psychological effects of baldness in men depend a great deal on the individual, and may result in depression and a fear of being seen in public. This is why men spend millions of dollars each year trying to prevent or cure their thinning hair.
Physicians believe that elevated levels of testosterone, in addition with genetics, leads a man to develop male pattern baldness. This is why finasteride, a powerful anti-testosterone medication, has been proven to help with preventing male pattern baldness. In addition, the medication minoxidil, which was used originally for blood pressure control, was found to cause new hair growth. Because of their proven clinical efficacy, both finasteride and minoxidil are approved by the FDA to prevent male pattern baldness.
Hair transplantation involves moving hair follicles from other part of the body to the front hairline areas where balding, and hair thinning, is occurring. However, results are not as cosmetically pleasing as the original hair was. This is why there is always a huge amount of research looking for a cure to male pattern baldness.
A new technique is being researched whereby stem cells inside the hair follicle, which help replenish the hair follicle, are being transplanted into areas of the scalp and are yielding new hair growth in test subjects. This procedure is in advanced clinical trials by one of the companies working on this procedure, and may be a viable treatment option for men who can afford the procedure and wait the number of months or years for their hair to regrow.